sil·​vi·​cul·​ture ˈsil-və-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce silviculture (audio)
: a branch of forestry dealing with the development and care of forests
silvicultural adjective
silviculturally adverb
silviculturist noun

Examples of silviculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Topics will include the Natural Resources Conservation Service EQIP cost-share program, silviculture, timber management, beef herd health, best practices for co-grazing goats and cattle, virtual farm tourism and timber exemption, according to a news release. Arkansas Online, 25 Apr. 2021 This led to the formation of the Imperial Forest Service, whose main mandate was to aid in British silviculture. Sutirtha Lahiri, Scientific American, 3 Mar. 2023 Kristen Waring, a professor of silviculture and applied forest health at the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, knew what to look for. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 23 Jan. 2022 Open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors, students study forest ecology including tree identification, silviculture, forest products and forestry management. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2022 Formerly known as Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp, the camp is open to students in grades nine through 12 to explore forest ecology, including silviculture, tree identification, wildlife, forestry management and forest products. Joan Rusek,, 22 Dec. 2017 Black Forest Biosphere Reserve (Germany)—Located in the south of the country, this biosphere reserve contains low mountain ranges, forests shaped by silviculture, lowland and mountain hay meadows and lowland moors. Alex Treadway, National Geographic, 14 June 2017 See More

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Word History


French, from Latin silva + cultura culture

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silviculture was in 1880

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“Silviculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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